We are dedicated to breaking the habit of prejudice and discrimination. We are working together to overcome these social issues by spreading awareness of the problem, establishing harmony between groups, and promoting acceptance of differences.
History documents the repeated devaluation and exclusion of certain groups. Even today, while it may be less evident, discrimination affects people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities. But if individuals and groups stand up and speak out, things can and will change. Our differences are inconsequential when it comes to being human. Therefore, they should not affect how we treat other individuals.
Twenty students. One professor. A single united cause: Working together to spread awareness of prejudice, establish harmony between groups, and promote acceptance of our differences.
These photographs document some of our journey through study, visits and community. We explored the problem of prejudice and discrimination and learned how each and every one of us can "break the prejudice habit."
Mary Kite received her B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. from Purdue University. A social psychologist, she is currently Professor of Psychological Science at Ball State University.
Strongly committed to psychology education at all levels, she is Past-President of The Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP, APA Division 2); she has held a number of other leadership roles for STP. She also chaired the APA Presidential Task Force on Diversity Education Resources and is Past President of the Midwestern Psychological Association. She is a Fellow of APA Divisions 2, 8, 9, 35, & 44 and of the Association for Psychological Science and the Midwestern Psychological Association. She maintains an active research program in the area of stereotyping and prejudice; she recently coauthored the third edition of a textbook on that topic (with Bernard E. Whitley, Jr.; The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination, published by Routledge.). She also co-authored a textbook on research methods with Dr. Whitley, published by Taylor and Francis (Principles of Research in Behavioral Science).
Recognitions include the Charles L. Brewer Award for Distinguished Teaching in Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation (2014) and a Presidential Citation from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (2011). She was selected as a G. Stanley Hall Lecturer for the American Psychological Association in 2009.
In 2013, Mary Kite was Virginia Ball Center Fellow in Ball State University's Center for Creative Inquiry. This website, created with her seminar students, was recognized with a Social Psychology Action Teaching Award (Honorable Mention, 2014) and by by an Innovative Teaching Award (Honorable Mention 2014) by the Society for the Scientific Study of Social Issues (SPSSI).
Mary E. Kite, PhD
Department of Psychological Science
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
I developed two measures to assess attitudes toward homosexuality, the Homosexuality Attitude Scale and the Component Measure of Attitudes Toward Homosexuality. Either can be modified to assess attitudes toward gay men or lesbians by changing the statements within the measure.
We invite you to use any materials from this site for your own personal use, including use in your classes and/or sharing with individual colleagues. However, we ask that you obtain permission for other purposes.
The third edition of our textbook, The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination, is available from Routledge (Taylor and Francis). Our textbook offers a comprehensive, research-based, review of the literature on prejudice and discrimination. The text covers a broad range of topics from race and ethnicity to gender, sexual orientation, ageism, lookism, and ability. We integrate theory and research with personal experiences and address the factors that shape prejudices.
If you are using the 2nd edition and need copies of the PowerPoints or Test Bank, email me and I will send them to you.
Intended for beginning graduate or advanced undergraduate students, our book, Principles of Research in Behavioral Science (3e), published by Routledge (Taylor and Francis) provides a comprehensive review of research methods used in psychology and related disciplines. Featuring examples from all fields of psychology, the book addresses laboratory and field research and covers topics that are often omitted in other texts including correlational and qualitative research and integrative literature reviews.